Sam had regular violin lessons since the age of 12 and at 14 became interested in keyboard instruments, the Hammond organ in particular. After a period of private jazz piano tuition with local teachers within the area of his native Rimini in Italy he joined the CPM (Centro Professione Musica) in Milan. Here he obtained a jazz piano diploma receiving tuition from the renowned pianist Franco D’andrea. During the same years he completed a university degree in music (DAMS) and he also attended the summer jazz clinics of Siena Jazz.
From the year 2000 Sam has lived in London. Here he studied with the British organ legend Mike Carr and obtained a First Class Honours Degree in jazz music from Middlesex University. He also had hammond organ lessons with Doctor Lonnie Smith in New York.
Very soon Sam became established in the London jazz scene. At the moment he is in regular demand as a jazz organist by many different musicians and has been performing in some of the most renowned jazz venues and international Jazz Festivals in London and UK: Jazz Cafe, The Crypt St Martin in Fields, Royal Festival Hall Foyer, National Theatre, London Jazz In The Streets, Coventry Jazz Festival, Southport Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival.
During this period in the UK has played, amongst others, with Andy Sheppard, Dave O’Higgins, Clark Tracey, Jim Mullen (who played guitar with Brian Auger and Jimmy Smith), Dave Cliff, Colin Oxley, Butch Thomas (saxophonist with Jaco Pastorius and Sting), Tina May, Alan Barnes, Gareth Lokraine, Nigel Price ( James Taylor Quartet’s guitarist), Phill Lee (Jimmy Smith's regular guitarist for UK gigs) and recently with Cameron Pierre (Courtney Pine's guitarist).
The principal source of inspiration comes from Jimmy Smith, Melvine Rhine, Larry Young, Winton Kelly, Wes Montgomery ,Grant Green, Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderley and Lou Donaldson. Sam has recently recorded with multi - awarded guitarist Colin Oxley and drummer Gideon Marcus in a newly formed Hammond trio called “Blue Groove”.
01. T-Bone Steak (5:08)
02. Mambo Inn (3:55)
03. Darn That Dream (4:27)
04. Invitation (6:47)
05. Billie's Bounce (4:56)
06. West Coast Blues (5:18)
07. Duffin' Around (4:53)
08. Mambo Inn (Alt. Take) (3:53)
Sam Gambarini: Hammond Organ
Colin Oxley: Guitar
Gideon Marcus: Drums
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